Top seed UAH Advances to NCAA second round

The top-seeded, University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team achieved its main goal of the day on Saturday night and advanced to the NCAA South Region Tournament semifinals with a 69-61 victory over No. 8 seed Benedict on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 27-3 on the year while Benedict's campaign ends at 19-11.

The Tigers hung close throughout the entire contest, and made things incredibly interesting early in the second half when an Antrjuan Albright jumper tied the contest at 40-40 with 15:53 left in the game, but the squad could not pull back in front through the remainder of the half as the Chargers held off the pesky team for the victory.

Benedict was led on the night by Daktronics All-South Region selection Marcus Goode who scored 16, and Trevor Eichelberger was 4-for-6 from the field en route to scoring 12 as the Tigers connected on 51.1 percent of their shots on the night. Tydran Beaty also scored in double figures as he chipped in with 11.

The Chargers were led by the game's leading scorer in Jaime Smith who collected 23 points on the night including an 8-for-10 showing at the charity stripe, and Josh Magette poured in 14. Srdjan Boskovic added 11, and providing a key spark off the bench was Conner Blasi who also scored 11.

UAH shot 48.1 percent from the field against one of the nation's toughest defenses.

UAH will take on the winner of No. 4 seed Florida Tech and fifth-seeded Saint Leo on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.